Chamber notes: Progress on tourism, rail, infrastructure needs

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(Image provided by Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

On April 10, United States Congressman Mike Quigley (Illinois-5th District), Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley and I toured the Illinois-Railway Suppliers’ new Elmhurst facility and meet with Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) representatives to discuss Chicago’s manufacturing and rail sector infrastructure needs.

Also, Congressman Quigley, who is a member of the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), is still working with city officials to secure federal transportation funding for Metra to rebuild the antiquated commuter train station in downtown Elmhurst.

GPS: A Tourism Roadmap

Speaking of tourism, I completed my yearlong service on the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Strategic Planning Committee by presenting the new plan, titled “GPS: A Tourism Roadmap,” to the organization’s Board of Directors on April 20 for adoption. The plan was then presented to the DuPage County Board at its April 25 meeting.

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DCVB representatives recently participated in the United States Travel Association’s Conference, titled “DESTINATION CAPITOL HILL Advocating for local trave1 & tourism at national level,” lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., and the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Springfield from March 19-22.

Among those attending was Larry Forssberg, Executive Director of the Westmont Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and Director of the Westmont Economic Development Partnership, who was a special guest speaker at the April 13 Explore Elmhurst Advisory Committee meeting.

Happy Anniversaries

Twelve members are celebrating chamber anniversaries in April, as follows: 50 years – Edward-Elmhurst Health and Elmhurst College; 45 years – Elmhurst Dental Care; 30 years – Mama Maria’s Pizza and The Pink Elephant Resale Shop; 25 years – Community Bank of Elmhurst, Howard Buick-GMC and Larry Roesch Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; 10 years – Providence Bank and Servpro of Elmhurst; and 5 years – Accounting HELP! LLC and Elmhurst Heritage Foundation.

New Members

The chamber welcomed seven new members in April, as follows: Artis Senior Living of Elmhurst, Doshi Orthodontics, Eagle Digital Marketing, Hauert Law Office, Keller Williams Premier Properties (Craig Sebert), RTP Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy and Thomas M. Miroballi Sales, LTD.

No Longer Members

The chamber said goodbye to the following three members in April: Fox Pest Control, LegalShield (Roberson) and M&M Cleaning Services.

John Quigley is president and CEO of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry